The City of San Antonio is spending $14 million to improve Theo and Malone between S. Flores and Nogalitos– a bond package that promised to improve bike lanes. However, the City’s Capital Improvements Management Services department held a public meeting in April 2013 and recommended that the bike lanes be removed.
At the public meeting, the citizens present asked for on-street parking and reduced truck traffic. No one presented to the community any of the positive benefits of improving the roads for all users, so attendees at the meeting did not get a complete picture of what bicycle accommodations can do for their street and their community.
One of CIMS’ options included on-street parking, and a wide cycle track to replace the bike lane, which would help buffer residents from loud truck traffic. This is the option that should be built with our tax dollars. You can download CIMS’ public presentation here and see the minutes from the meeting here.